Tatum leads Boston into matchup with Washington

Washington Wizards (34-43, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Boston Celtics (48-30, third in the Eastern Conference)

Boston; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards. Tatum is currently eighth in the NBA averaging 27.1 points per game.

The Celtics are 31-18 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is the league leader allowing just 104.3 points per game while holding opponents to 43.4% shooting.

The Wizards are 24-24 in Eastern Conference play. Washington averages 12.6 turnovers per game and is 9-18 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents.

The teams play for the fourth time this season. In the last matchup on Jan. 23 the Celtics won 116-87 led by 51 points from Tatum, while Bradley Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tatum averages 3.0 made 3-pointers per game for the Celtics, scoring 27.1 points while shooting 35.2% from beyond the arc. Jaylen Brown is shooting 53.5% and averaging 26.9 points over the past 10 games for Boston.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope averages 2.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Wizards, scoring 13.2 points while shooting 39.4% from beyond the arc. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 22.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 blocks over the past 10 games for Washington.

LAST 10 GAMES: Celtics: 7-3, averaging 118.1 points, 44.6 rebounds, 26.6 assists, 7.1 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 49.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.0 points per game.

Wizards: 5-5, averaging 111.1 points, 43.0 rebounds, 27.3 assists, 6.4 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 48.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.7 points.

INJURIES: Celtics: Robert Williams III: out (knee), Nik Stauskas: out (right ankle sprain).

Wizards: Vernon Carey Jr.: out (calf), Bradley Beal: out for season (wrist), Kyle Kuzma: day to day (knee).


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